Sunderland snatched a draw in the dying seconds against Fleetwood on Tuesday and it is fair to say that Joey Barton didn’t hold back in his complaints after the match.
Indeed, he used his post-match press conference to moan about Sunderland allegedly soaking the pitch to hinder his team (per the Sunderland Echo’s Richard Mennear), how the Black Cats play an unappealing brand of football and the difference in resources of the two clubs.
Above all, he was annoyed with the timing of Sunderland’s goal, as it came later than the six minutes of added-on time, and supporters have mocked the Fleetwood boss for his lack of knowledge about the rules of football. Now, he may be understandably frustrated as victory would have been huge for his side in their own promotion bid, but his comments have a bitter outlook and fans are joyfully ridiculing him as a result.
Many of the Stadium of Light faithful were likely annoyed by the Cod Army’s time-wasting tactics throughout the match and they have a bit of a history with Barton, who hinted earlier this season that Sunderland rearranged their visit to Highbury due to their lack of form at the time.
It seems the feud between Barton and the Sunderland fanbase is yet to die down, therefore, with the following reactions showing exactly that.
Assuming we’d be time wasting for 90 minutes like his team did. Absolutely pathetic.
— Michael Cooney (@Coonsy27) February 25, 2020
Ask him if he can say it without crying
— Herra (@JHerra18) February 25, 2020
That bloke gets weirder and weirder every time we come up against them. SAFC live rent free in his head.
— David McGovern (@DMcGovern34) February 25, 2020
Barton: does not understand what the word minimum means
— DΔVID ROSS (@Djrossi99) February 25, 2020
Should have thought of that Joey when your team were using over the top time wasting tactics. #karma
— David Watson (@davidwatson14) February 26, 2020
If his team didn’t time waste for the whole game there would never have been 6 minutes minimum of injury time. Cheating doesn’t pay off😂
— Stephen Guy (@guyzzie) February 25, 2020
Beautiful, just beautiful https://t.co/D1ocxqxsU8
— John (@JohnFromLeague1) February 25, 2020
Poor Joey doesn’t understand football https://t.co/dHzTEWRcMu
— ً (@iEddsyy) February 25, 2020
What is your view on Barton’s post-match comments Sunderland fans? Are you also happy to see how annoyed he is and did his tactics come to bite him back? Tell us what you think in the comments…
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